SILENT CITY: Paintings by Chris Faircloth
submitted by Peter Boughton- Chester Grosvenor Museum
‘Silent City: Paintings by Chris Faircloth’ is a new exhibition at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum, running from 24 October to 17 January.
Chester based artist Chris Faircloth said: “Increasingly, we all experience moments of déjà vu as we travel, our high streets containing the same chain stores and an architectural Esperanto of drive-thru fast food outlets, mini-marts, retail parks and filling stations in common across the land.
“Although my paintings are all based on actual locations, they are modified so as to be of nowhere in particular. Stripped of signage, logos and linguistic clues, the towns, cities and suburbs that we mostly now inhabit become increasingly homogenous. This common environment, which could be almost anywhere in Britain, is what I seek to represent. Although I’ve always been interested in depicting the contemporary urban environment, I don’t see myself as a topographical artist.”
Chris continued: ““My paintings are based on photographic source material. This is a practical necessity since painting in the open air is not feasible in an urban environment. However, the photographs are only a starting point, since I make drawings from them, editing out unwanted details, and then transfer the drawings onto the canvas in a traditional way.”
Chris Faircloth was born in Chester in 1956 and educated at Highfield Primary School, Chester City Grammar School for Boys and Queens Park High School. He studied art at Liverpool Polytechnic and Kingston Polytechnic, then worked in London for seventeen years before returning to Chester in 1992.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that the Grosvenor Museum is exhibiting the work of this talented local artist. We rightly celebrate our local distinctiveness, but Chris Faircloth’s paintings are an important reminder that the places we love could so easily lose their special character and end up looking just like everywhere else.”
The programme of accompanying adult events includes:
Wednesday 18 November, ‘Americanisation in Berlin: From Weimar Culture to Cold War Division’, lecture by Dr Tim Grady
Wednesday 25 November, ‘Suburban Sprawl, High-Rises, and the Search for a Post-War British Urban Identity’, lecture by Dr Hannah Ewence
Saturday 16 January, exhibition tour with Chris Faircloth
There is also a programme of family activities:
Tuesday 27 October, Town in a Case
Thursday 29 October, Adventures in Map Land
The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30-5 and Sunday 1-4, admission free.
Location: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD
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